Jeremy Mark Joseph

Jeremy M. Joseph is the principal partner and founder of Joseph & Partners, which is now one of the premier maritime law firms Malaysia has to offer. He has a Master’s degree in maritime law from the University of Southampton and a recipient of the Chevening Scholarship from the British High Commission.

Originally a marine insurance broker, Jeremy has knowledge of the shipping and insurance industry. His first position in law was at the Singapore office of Holman Fenwick & Willan where he worked as an associate for several years until he set up Messrs Joseph & Partners in Kuala Lumpur. His firm has been consistently ranked in the top category every year since 2010 as a leading Malaysian shipping law firm by international law publications, Legal 500 and Chambers Asia. Recently, the firm won the prestigious “ALB 2014 Malaysia Law Awards” for Shipping Law Firm of the Year, hosted by Asian Legal Business and Thomson Reuters.

Jeremy regularly works as counsel and co-counsel in various shipping, insurance and maritime arbitration matters. Some of these cases have become important legal precedents in the Malaysian shipping scene.

Jeremy currently advises all sorts of companies and organizations from ship-owners and P & I Clubs, to insurers, banks, ship yards, charterers, and a variety of other commercial establishments.

In addition, he has authored numerous articles that have been subsequently published in the Malayan Law Journal and other international publications like “Getting the Deal Through” and “The Shipping Law Review.” He has also written the Shipping, Insurance and Carriers volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia and the Lexis Nexis Malaysian Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Marine Insurance.

He was the former Chairman of the Shipping & Admiralty Committee for the Malaysian Bar and has previously served in the Admiralty Court and Maritime Law Taskforce initiated by the Malaysian Judiciary.

Shipping Law Practice:

Joseph & Partners’ shipping law practice provides legal services to the shipping and maritime industry.

We are specialists in all aspects of shipping law and are a trusted shipping legal firm used by companies not just in Malaysia but internationally. We provide clear, comprehensive advice on all aspects of shipping law, including marine casualties, admiralty disputes, ship finance, day-to-day commercial disputes arising under shipping contracts, bills of lading as well as shipbuilding contracts.

Our shipping law practice provides commercially minded advice that centres on the needs of our clients and their businesses. Our shipping legal services also includes advice on: towage, salvage and pilotage, marine safety and pollution, collision, fire, grounding, withdrawals, cancellations and wrongful terminations.

In addition to these services, we also provide advice on arrest of ships and releases from arrest, methods of obtaining security or evidence, freight, hire, demurrage and other sums due under charter parties, shipbuilding, ship sale agreements, agency and freight forwarding matters, freezing injunctions, enforcement of foreign judgements and arbitration awards, ports, harbours and related services and ship and asset financing.

Whatever your shipping law requirements, Joseph & Partners are here to help

Joseph & Partners:

Joseph & Partners is one of the leading law firms in Malaysia.

We have over 25 years combined experience of providing legal advice and law services for a variety of commercial and corporate legal matters. We are the leading specialists in shipping law in Malaysia and have also built up a reputation for expertise in marine offshore law. We have been providing corporate legal advice on all aspects of Malaysian shipping law, including cargo claims, admiralty processes, marine casualties, arbitration, energy related contracts and transactions and insurance disputes.

Malaysia has a thriving shipping and offshore energy industry, but it is not just shipping companies that need maritime legal advice and counsel on marine offshore legal matters. Many companies turn to Joseph & Partners to take advantage of our industry experience. In addition to shipping legal services and marine offshore advice, we provide all aspects of law services including property, insurance, commercial legal matters and other corporate legal advice. Our mission, as laid out by our principle partner, Jeremy M. Joseph, is to provide top quality specialist legal services that achieve excellent results for our clients and as leaders in our field, we build strong and lasting relationships with people in the business.

Benedict Oregbemhe

Benfield Attorneys and Solicitors (BAS) is a leading Corporate and Commercial Law firm based in Nigeria with offices in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Benin City. Since established in 2016, it has been at the forefront of developments in commercial and corporate practice in Nigeria and has continuously rendered sound technical advice and tailored customer solutions to its local and international partners. To our clients, BAS is a reliable partner and trusted counsel in various transactions and dispute resolution processes. We see our duty to our client as that of not just providing excellent technical advice, but also providing solutions that address and enhance a client’s purpose and business objective.

Over the years, BAS has garnered an impressive track record of providing first class specialised services in the areas of Maritime, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Arbitration, Oil and Gas, Aviation, Intellectual Property, Energy and Natural Resources, Company Secretarial Services, Real Estate, Probate and Succession, Banking, Finance and Insurance, Immigration, Debt Recovery, regulatory compliance, etc. Our successes in providing solutions have been a source of satisfaction and pride to clients and have been positively acknowledged by counter parties.

To ensure that excellent legal services are delivered to every client at every time, BAS is staffed with diversely skilled, well trained and experienced team members. As a corporate citizen, BAS is committed to being socially responsible by making sustainable and impactful investments into the legal industry and the overall Nigerian society.

At BAS, we are continuously striving to raise the standard of legal practice in Nigeria and remaining a dependable and responsible corporate partner is the central goal for every effort.

San San Peh

San San Peh is the Head of Shipping Services in the Singapore office of Mayer Brown. She has extensive experience advising commercial lenders on the financing of various cross-border shipping projects. She advises banks and other financial institutions on financing structures, prepares cross-border bilateral and syndicated credit facility documentation and reviews shipbuilding contracts, refund guarantees, employment and service contracts. She has acted for shipowners in financing transactions for acquisition of newbuilding’s, refinancing of existing vessels and has also advised bidding consortiums in relation to the tendering, acquisition and long-term chartering of newbuilding vessels for LNG projects. San San has more than 10 years of experience in the banking industry. She speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Firm Overview:

Mayer Brown has been advising our clients on Singapore-related matters from our other Asian offices for many years. With an expanding portfolio of work across the Asia Pacific region, Singapore is an important financial centre and legal marketplace. Our Singapore office was established in direct response to strong client demand and focuses on the practice areas of asset finance; bank lending; international arbitration; international trade; M&A and private equity; projects; tax and trade finance.

Gautam Bhatikar

Gautam has broad ranging maritime, off-shore and shipping (dry & wet) practice representing clients in complex, high value, mutli-jurisdictional disputes. Gautam has also been advising ship owners, P&I clubs, ship builders, cargo owners etc.  Being known as the most “responsive” lawyer in the sector, Gautam also represents private operators in ports, primarily focussing on the PPP model in development of infrastructre in ports including tender and concession disputes.

Gautam’s clients also include leading corporates and banks as well as industrial organizations. He is particularly recognised for his shipping and maritime expertise for handling admiralty disputes across Indian coastline. Gautam actively advises domestic and international clients on commercial disputes before various courts in India and arbitral tribunals both domestically and internationally. He regularly represents clients at International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitrators (LCIA), London Maritime Arbitation Association (LMAA), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitartion (SCMA).

Gautam is a partner with ALMT Legal since 2009.  At ALMT, Gautam heads the Shipping and Maritime, Insurance and Oil & Gas practice. Whether he is advising clients on commercial law or actively defending them before various legal fora, Gautam endeavours to provide practical and commercial approach to overcome the often complex commercial, regulatory, legal and technical issues associated with doing business in India.

Gautam regularly speaks at International conferences and enjoys speaking on the shipping sector and development of infrastructure of ports.  Given his in-depth knowledge and strong network in the industry, Gautam is highly recommended in this sector.

Gautam’s professional highlights include: 

– Representing a giant Indian multinational conglomerate in an admiralty action in Turkey with arbitration in London (LMAA) against a Korean ship owner.

– Representing one of the world’s largest shipping company, in its joint venture dispute with another Indian company with Arbitration (SIAC) in Singapore.

– Advised P&I Club and the owners on a multi jurisdictional dispute with crew member in relation to an accident on board an Italian vessel.

– Acted for insurance companies in relation to claims under diverse policies.

– Advising rig owner/operators in their disputes with an Indian oil and gas corporation in contractual disputes on exploration

– Advised an Australian corporate in ralation to a dispute on bill of lading with an Indian cargo interest and  Chinese owners.

Professional appointments and activities

– Member – Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration

– Member – International Bar Association

– Board Member -Indo African Chamber of commerce & Industries

– Member – Indo Arab Chamber of Commerce & Inductries

– Member – American Bar Association

– Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa

– The Law Society (England & Wales)

 

Jeremy M. Joseph

Jeremy M. Joseph is the principal partner and founder of Joseph & Partners, which is now one of the premier maritime law firms Malaysia has to offer. He has a Master’s degree in maritime law from the University of Southampton and a recipient of the Chevening Scholarship from the British High Commission.

Originally a marine insurance broker, Jeremy has knowledge of the shipping and insurance industry. His first position in law was at the Singapore office of Holman Fenwick & Willan where he worked as an associate for several years until he set up Messrs Joseph & Partners in Kuala Lumpur. His firm has been consistently ranked in the top category every year since 2010 as a leading Malaysian shipping law firm by international law publications, Legal 500 and Chambers Asia. Recently, the firm won the prestigious “ALB 2014 Malaysia Law Awards” for Shipping Law Firm of the Year, hosted by Asian Legal Business and Thomson Reuters.

Jeremy regularly works as counsel and co-counsel in various shipping, insurance and maritime arbitration matters. Some of these cases have become important legal precedents in the Malaysian shipping scene.

Jeremy currently advises all sorts of companies and organizations from ship-owners and P & I Clubs, to insurers, banks, ship yards, charterers, and a variety of other commercial establishments.

In addition, he has authored numerous articles that have been subsequently published in the Malayan Law Journal and other international publications like “Getting the Deal Through” and “The Shipping Law Review.” He has also written the Shipping, Insurance and Carriers volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia and the Lexis Nexis Malaysian Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Marine Insurance.

He was the former Chairman of the Shipping & Admiralty Committee for the Malaysian Bar and has previously served in the Admiralty Court and Maritime Law Taskforce initiated by the Malaysian Judiciary.

Joseph & Partners:

Joseph & Partners is one of the leading law firms in Malaysia.

We have over 25 years combined experience of providing legal advice and law services for a variety of commercial and corporate legal matters. We are the leading specialists in shipping law in Malaysia and have also built up a reputation for expertise in marine offshore law. We have been providing corporate legal advice on all aspects of Malaysian shipping law, including cargo claims, admiralty processes, marine casualties, arbitration, energy related contracts and transactions and insurance disputes.

Malaysia has a thriving shipping and offshore energy industry, but it is not just shipping companies that need maritime legal advice and counsel on marine offshore legal matters. Many companies turn to Joseph & Partners to take advantage of our industry experience. In addition to shipping legal services and marine offshore advice, we provide all aspects of law services including property, insurance, commercial legal matters and other corporate legal advice. Our mission, as laid out by our principle partner, Jeremy M. Joseph, is to provide top quality specialist legal services that achieve excellent results for our clients and as leaders in our field, we build strong and lasting relationships with people in the business.

 

Maurizio Dardani

Maurizio Dardani, born in Genoa on 23rd April 1949, began his professional career in 1975 and progressively specialized in maritime law and international trade law, and is now considered one of the top experts in the field.

After having resigned from the law firm Balestra, Kielland, Dardani of which he was a partner, on 2004 he established Genoa Chambers, structure of cooperation among independent professionals, and on 2012 he established Dardani Studio Legale gathering a team of lawyers around himself.

He has handled difficult disputes as litigation lawyer, in Court and in Arbitration, in the areas of charterparties, shipbuilding, sale and purchase contracts and marine insurance, collision and salvage, oil pollution, and many of his cases have been reported. Beyond serving as Counsel to the parties in litigations, he is also frequently appointed as Arbitrator.

He regularly advises Italian and foreign shipowners particularly in transactions of ship sale and purchase and shipbuilding contracts, as well as in complex matters of ship financing which require expertise in different legislations.

He delivers lectures at conferences and has been referred to in many legal publications in the matter of carriage of goods by sea, laytime and demurrage, ship sale and purchase and shipbuilding contracts.

He is a member of the Genoa Bar and admitted to practice before the Italian Supreme Court. He is member of the executive committee of the Italian Association of Maritime Law. He speaks Italian, English and French.

 

Shipping Law Practice:

Maritime law, the law of transportation and the law of international trade are the core of our professional activity.

We deal with any kind of dispute, from the carriage of goods by sea to the charterparties, from the ship sale and purchase to the shipbuilding contracts, from the international sale of goods to the documentary credits and the relevant guarantees.

We appear as advocates in Court and arbitration.

We are able to give immediate assistance to Clients in any cautionary proceedings, as the arrest of ship or the lien on cargo.

We regularly provide assistance to Clients in any emergency situation, like salvage of vessel and cargo, collision, oil pollution and any insurance matter.

Our experience includes counseling and assisting Clients during contractual negotiations, in cross-border transactions, particularly with regard to the shipbuilding contracts, the ship sale and purchase and the ship financing.

We approach negotiations side by side with our Clients through all stages, including structuring of the transactions, preparation of documentation, transaction implementation and closing.

Our expertise extends, with the same care and attention, also to areas which are collateral and parallel to shipping. In particular our day by day practice involves commercial and corporate law, business transactions and competition law.

 

Alan Dickson

Alan Dickson is Director and Head of the Singapore office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. Alan joined Conyers in 2000.

Alan’s practice includes many areas of corporate and commercial law, with particular experience in securities law, private equity, investment funds and mergers and acquisitions. Alan also advises public and private companies in a wide range of financings and restructurings.

Education

  • Dalhousie University, Canada, LLB, 1983
  • Mount Allison University, Canada B.A. (Hons. Economics), 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Canada
  • England & Wales (not currently practising)

Industry Accolades

  • Recognised for leading work in Latin America, Latin Lawyer 250 2012
  • Recognised leading corporate finance lawyer, Chambers Global 2002
Conyers Dill & Pearman:

Founded in 1928, Conyers Dill & Pearman is an international law firm advising on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius. With a global network that includes 140 lawyers spanning eight offices worldwide, Conyers provides responsive, sophisticated, solution-driven legal advice to clients seeking specialised expertise on corporate and commercial, litigation, restructuring and insolvency, and trust and private client matters. Conyers is affiliated with the Codan group of companies, which provide a range of trust, corporate secretarial, accounting and management services.

Tomás Manzanares

Tomás Manuel Ávila Manzanares is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Panama. He has postgraduate studies in Public Law and a Masters Degree in Commercial law.

Tomás was admitted in 1991 and has extensive experience in shipping law and his practice of more than 20 years involves a broad range of ship finance and ship registration work, all cases being cross-border transactions. His work has been praised by his clients and peers, as commentated in Chambers’ Global Guide to Leading Lawyers and The Legal 500.

Tomás served as president of the Panama Maritime Law Association from 2004 to 2008 and is currently chairing the Organizing Committee of the Panama Maritime World Conference & Exhibition.

He is “very dedicated to shipping” according to peers. Sources highlight his proactive approach and work ethic.” – Chambers Latin America 2013.

AVILA & CO:

AVILA & CO. is a Panamanian law firm incorporated in 2009 to serve from Panama the international maritime industry and financiers. We have been conceived as a ‘boutique firm’, meaning we cater to clientele on a special field of the law. Notwithstanding the novelty of the law firm, its founders, management and staff are well experienced in the field, as recognized and commended by international editorials and publications, such as Chambers’ Global Guide to Leading Lawyers, Chambers’ Global Latin America Leading Lawyers and Legal 500.

Our firm provides comprehensive advice to shipowners, vessel operators, charterers, ship agents, ship registration consultants, financial institutions, insurers, underwriters and brokers in contentious and non-contentious issues. Our clientele may rely on our experience in cross-border transactions to obtain a quick response from our firm and assistance around the clock, as required in the shipping industry.

AVILA & CO. assists its clients in ship registration affairs under the Panama flag, which includes the obtainment of all navigation licenses and technical certificates, as well as any other documents which must be obtained through the offices of the Merchant Marine General Directorate of the Panama Maritime Authority for the safe operation of a vessel.

We also provide advice on the purchase and sale of vessels, as well as on ship finance, including registration of ship mortgages, execution of pledges and other securities on behalf of the Borrowers and the Finance Providers.

AVILA & CO. may also set-up special purpose corporations for shipowners and ship financers alike and provide you with all the related services, such as incorporation of companies in Panama and other jurisdictions, registration of minutes, modification, merger, dissolution and redomiciliation of corporations.

So, if your business requires assistance from Panama that is committed to providing you personal support, answers and results, then we are clearly your choice.